I have about 10 problems with Lakoff’s wish list. In short, it’s not my wish list. And that is why I do not hope he goes in that direction, regardless of political expedience.
He might go further than I want in some cases, and probably not in many others.
I want conditions applied to making the pipeline. I want universal min. wage increase.
Democracy is NOT based on empathy, much as we might want empathy to be integrated into the law.
Democracy is based on a cold, hard presumption of rights and rule of law. That idea smacks of empathy, but it pushes the concept farther than most would agree to. Empathy is nice; I would say it is the proper evolutionary step beyond democracy.
The reference to "you didn’t build it" was true, and not a mistake. It was just twisted by the right; and should serve as a lesson in real-politics for Lakoff: it’s not just okay, but proper to plan with the likely opposition in mind.
This is Lakoff’s own inappropriate spin: " Wage Slavery: take what you are offered or someone else will." That is not slavery, that is capitalism. Too bad, Bucko, that’s how it works. Obama’s "lift people up the ladder phrase implies how he gets capitalism more than the blogger does. Changing pensions is not a theft, it’s breaking a promise. Go ahead, say it, George.
Hydrocarbons are not immoral; they are just costly in several ways. I mean, would they become moral if they had less or no environmental impact? Of course, stop being such a provocateur!
Seems he ran out of steam at the end of the laundry list; no conclusion.
I want him to maintain a posture that avoids "us versus them," despite the fact that the other party does that.
I want the "Republican response" either abolished. It implies that President is first a partisan, and second the president, which is false. I the two parties in Congress want to debate as they should, make a Democratic AND a Republican "response."